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Dr. Tova Ganzel

Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Tova Ganzel

Tova Ganzel, PhD (2005), Bar-Ilan University Israel, is Senior Lecturer at the Multidisciplinary Department of Jewish Studies at the University. Her broad area of interest is prophetic literature in the context of the larger ancient Near Eastern world. She has published on Joel, Haggai, Isaiah with a specialization on the book of Ezekiel. Tova was the Director of the Midrasha at Bar-Ilan University and is one the first trained women’s halakhic advisors (Yoatzot Halacha). Her Book Destruction and Restoration in the Seer’s Prophecy: Studies in the Prophecies of Ezekiel was published in 2012 [Hebrew] and 2020 [English]. Her recent research focuses on the prophetic literature, ancient Near Eastern temples and Second Temple Period texts, specifically on Ezekiel's temple vision in its Neo-Babylonian context. In addition, she has also engaged the issue of the Jewish reception of biblical criticism and addressed various aspects of this topic, from the eighteenth century to the present, in a number of studies, and was the primary editor of The Believer and the Modern Study of the Bible, edited by Tova Ganzel, Yehudah Brandes, and Chayuta Deutsch, Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019. Expanded version: Jerusalem: Beit Morasha, 2015, 2016 (second edition) [Hebrew].

Selected Publications:


* Book (author): A Visionary’s Oracles – From Destruction to Restoration, Studies in the Prophecies of Ezekiel (Tevunot-Herzog, Alon Shvut 2012).

* Book (as one of the editors): In the Eyes of God and Man: The Believer and Scientific Study of the Bible (Beit Morasha, 2015).


* “The Defilement and Desecration of the Temple in Ezekiel” Biblica 89 (2008): 369-79.

* “The Transformation of Pentateuchal Descriptions of Idolatry” In: Transforming Visions: Transformations of Text, Tradition, and Theology in Ezekiel, edited by William A. Tooman and Michael A. Lyons, 33-49. Princeton Theological Monograph Series 127. Eugene, Or: Pickwick, 2009.

* “The Descriptions of the Restoration of Israel in Ezekiel” Vetus Testamentum 60 (2010): 197-211.

* “The Prophecies of Joel: A Bridge between Ezekiel and Haggai” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 11 (2011): 1-22.

* “Explicit and Implicit Polemics in Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Torah Commentary” HUCA 81 (2013): 171-191.

* “Ezekiel’s Temple in Babylonian Context”, Vetus Testamentum 64 (2014): 211-226 [Coauthor: Shalom E. Holtz (Yeshiva University)].

* Isaiah’s Critique of Shebna’s Trespass: A Reconsideration of Isa 22:15-25, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39 (4) 2015, 469-487

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